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Respiratory Pathogens Research Center Symposium

May 15th, 2018 | 7:45 am - 6:30 pm

Online Registration has closed.  If you are interested in attending the RPRC Symposium, please visit the Registration Desk the morning of the conference and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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Saunders Research Building
University of Rochester
265 Crittenden Blvd, Rochester, NY

Welcome to the website for the Respiratory Pathogens Research Center Symposium (RPRC). The symposium is a full-day event, and will include keynote presentations, as well as short talks and an interactive poster session.

The Respiratory Pathogens Research Center (RPRC), which was established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 2011, consists of a national network of scientists focusing on research that will lead to a better understanding of the complex interactions between respiratory pathogens, the immune system, and other genetic and environmental factors, how these interactions affect disease risk and severity, and developing new ways to treat or prevent these diseases. Ongoing studies in the RPRC focus on respiratory disease and immunity in infants, children, and adults. You can learn more about the RPRC by visiting our web page.

The broad themes of this symposium will be on Immunology, Viral and Bacterial Respiratory Pathogens, Vaccines, and Therapeutics.


Featured Speakers

Photo of Honzhe Li

Hongzhe Li, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
"Quantifying and Comparing Bacterial
Growth Dynamics in Multiple
Metagenomic Samples"

Photo of Melinda Pettigrew

Melinda Mary Pettigrew, PhD
Yale School of Public Health
"Haemophilus influenzae and
chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD): Is persistence
just a phase?"

Photo of Octavio Ramilo

Octavio Ramilo, MD
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
"The Infant Immune System in Infection and Vaccination"

Photo of Steve Varga

Steve Varga, PhD
University of Iowa Health Center
"Inflammasome Activation is
Influenced by RSV Strain Differences"

Photo of Tina Hartert

Tina Hartert, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University
"Asthma: The tale of an infectious
etiology of a chronic disease"


A poster session will highlight the research carried out by undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty.  Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts on all aspects of research in Immunology, Viral and Bacterial Respiratory Pathogens, Vaccines, and Therapeutics.

Guidelines for Abstracts and Posters